Adding OPTEX RLS, PIE-1, and Redscan Mini lasers as tracking systems in Security Center - Restricted Security Area Surveillance 3.2

Restricted Security Area Surveillance Plugin Guide 3.2

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Restricted Security Area Surveillance 3.2
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To monitor your restricted areas from maps in Security Center, you must first add each OPTEX laser as a tracking system. This includes positioning the laser on a map and associating OPTEX events to custom events in Security Center.

Before you begin

  • Confirm that the lasers are configured and functioning properly.
  • (Optional) Position cameras for each zone so that they have a view of the restricted area and make sure that the cameras are functioning properly.
  • (Optional) Add custom events in Security Center.
  • Add a geo-referenced map to Security Center. For more information about creating maps, refer to the Security Center Administrator Guide.
  • Ensure that a sufficient number of radar licenses is available.

What you should know

OPTEX RLS and PIE-1 lasers are configured the same way.
WARNING: If you later want to reposition an OPTEX laser, you must do so from the Tracking system page of the plugin role. Moving the laser on the map in the Config Tool Map designer task will cause targets to be detected incorrectly.


  1. From the Config Tool home page, open the Area view task.
  2. Click Add an entity (), and then select Tracking system.
  3. On the Tracking system information page of the wizard, enter the following information:
    Select OPTEX.
    Enter a unique name for this tracking system.
    The model of device that is supported by the RSA Surveillance plugin.
  4. On the Communication page, enter the following information:
    IP address
    The IP address of the laser.
    For OPTEX Redscan Mini lasers: The TCP/IP port that the plugin and the tracking system use to communicate.

    For OPTEX RLS and PIE-1 lasers: The port used is 50001, which is not configurable. Refer to the documentation that came with your device.

    User and Password
    The administrator-level credentials required to log on the OPTEX Redscan Mini driver.
  5. Click Test the connection to connect to the device. When the device responds to the test, the status is displayed as Online. If the device is Offline, you cannot add the device to the plugin.
  6. When the device is online, enter the following information:
    Listening port
    The TCP/IP port that the plugin and the laser use to communicate. The port number configured here must match the TCP Destination port that is configured on the laser's configuration web page.
  7. On the Specific configuration page, enter the following information:
    Latitude and Longitude
    Enter the coordinates of the device. Coordinates are in decimal degrees using the World Geodetic System (WGS84) format. You can use a web site like to find the coordinates of a specific civic address.
    With map
    To set the device's position using a map, select With map. In the Map list, choose a geo-referenced map. From the map, zoom in and out as needed using the map controls. Click the map to place the device. After clicking the map, the Latitude and Longitude settings are updated with the coordinates from the map.
    If the device has a field of view, identify the physical orientation of the device using compass points. For example: If the device's field of view point towards true North, set the orientation to 0 degrees. You can use a compass to find the degrees. Or, select With map, click the green dot and drag it to the device's orientation.
    Detection area
    Specify the detection area of the device, as listed by the manufacturer.
    For example, the RLS2020S has a detection area of 95 degrees. TIP: If you find that the location of a target is consistently incorrect by small amounts, you can change the detection angle to improve the accuracy. From the tests done in our lab, setting an RLS2020S to 90 degrees resulted in the most accuracy.
    Refresh rate
    Specify how often detected targets are updated on the map. The minimum is 1 second (default), and the maximum is 5 seconds. If you have many targets, you might prefer that targets are refreshed on the map less often.
  8. On the RSA configuration page, enter the following information:
    Import on map
    Select the map that you want to use to display the devices in Security Center.
    Map the incoming events from the device to custom events in Security Center. Click Add (), then select a desired event in the RSA event column and a corresponding event in the Custom event column.
    Change color on intrusion
    If you want the perimeter to change color when an intrusion event occurs, set this control to ON, and then choose the color for the perimeter.
    This setting is available when the laser is set to Vertical mode. You set the mode on the device's configuration web page. In vertical mode, the laser creates an invisible wall.
  9. Click Finish.
    The device is listed in the Area view entity tree.

After you finish

Create RSA zones
NOTE: If you configured an OPTEX laser to be in Vertical mode so that it acts as an invisible laser wall, and you turned on Change color on intrusion for the OPTEX entity in Security Center, then when you create the zone, use the polygon tool to draw a line that represents the virtual wall.